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May. 5, 2014 8:15 am

emocha: DreamIt Health grad opening investment round this summer

The mobile health platform is already being used in three separate pilot programs to allow physicians and clinicians based at health organizations to monitor patients' symptoms, recovery and rehabilitation from a variety of diseases via smartphone.

CEO Sebastian Seiguer explaining the emocha mobile health platform at the DreamIt Health demo day earlier this year. The startup has received a Maryland Innovation Initiative grant.

(Photo by Andrew Zaleski, file)

Emocha, one of nine graduates of the first class of startups from the DreamIt Health Baltimore accelerator, announced at Demo Day on April 30 that it’s opening an investment round this summer.

The mobile health platform is already being used in three separate pilot programs to allow physicians and clinicians based at health organizations to monitor patients’ symptoms, recovery and rehabilitation from a variety of diseases via smartphone.

Invented by medical experts at the Johns Hopkins University in 2008, the emocha mobile platform is HIPAA-compliant and is able to capture data from patients suffering from 10 different diseases, including tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

As emocha CEO Sebastian Seiguer explained at Demo Day, emocha will soon be in use by the state government of South Africa in that country’s efforts against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis:

  • More than 10,000 healthcare workers and 2,500 primary care clinics in South Africa will be equipped with the emocha platform.
  • The goal, as Seiguer explained, is to use emocha so that notifications and alerts are sent to tracing teams in South Africa chasing down outbreaks of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, as well as to patients and clinics, so that people diagnosed with the disease will be able to start receiving care at clinics within five days of the initial diagnosis.

Read more about the different applications for which emocha is currently in use.

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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